I have been missing in action for the past week. The lack of posts doesn't mean that I haven't been cooking. In fact, I've been cooking and experimenting more than ever.
A month ago I went to Whole Foods for the first time. I know that for many people, that's nothing exciting, but for me it really is. Because we don't have a store like that back home.
During my most recent trip, I bought fresh Soba Noodles. Which I cooked with a simple Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry. It was delicious, and I will share the recipe very soon.
I've been preoccupied with life, which explains my lack of posts. But today I decided to experiment with shooting in full manual mode. I know that's scary for most people, it is for me. But I felt encouraged to try it by an article I read over the weekend.
After a few practice shots, trying different aperture/shutter speed combinations, I was able to almost get a correct exposure. With some tweaks in Lightroom, I think they turned out pretty good. I think I'll be shooting manual from now on. Keeping the aperture mode as a 'safety mode'.
To make the transition easier, I decided to prepare a dish that I love: Natilla. Is traditionally Spanish, in Puerto Rico we have adopted the dish as a breakfast option. It tastes very similar to Vanilla Pudding, in fact it's almost the same preparation, but with less corn starch.
The Maple Almonds were really easy to prepare. I made mine with Maple Butter, but you can use Maple Syrup as well (just don't add the splash of water).
The almonds were sticky and sweet, perfect as a topping with a breakfast feel to it.
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For the Natilla
1 cup of Whole Milk
2 Egg Yolks
3 tbsp of Sugar (or to taste)
1.5 tbsp Corn Starch
a pinch of Salt
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
-Whisk all ingredients in a small sauce pan (except the vanilla). Make sure the corn starch is completely dissolved. Cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, when the Natilla starts to thicken, remove from heat and mix in the vanilla extract. Serve Warm.
For the Maple Almonds
*If using Maple Syrup, don't add the splash of water.
1/3 cup Slivered Almonds
1 tbsp Maple Butter
a pinch of cinnamon or cardamom
1 tsp of Water
-Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan, over medium heat, cook until the maple butter has caramelized. Let it cool a bit, the almonds will be covered in candy and it will get hard. Careful, it's very hot. Garnish the Natilla with the almonds.